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Pet Crafts – Black Cat Halloween Vases

main picMason Jar Black Cat Halloween Jars…

I love fall and everything that comes with it…the pretty trees, Halloween candy, fall walks with the dogs and black cats!  I have been doing a ton of dog walking and enjoying the cooler weather, the changing trees and the calm before the holiday storm.   I made these fun jars to go on one of the seven fireplace mantles in our new home in Kentucky.  This was a quick and easy project that cost me less than $10 to finish (excluding the candy in the jars).

Here is my supply list:  Mason Jars, Black Cat Craft Paper (see pic and link), Mod Podge, black tissues paper, sponge brush, glitter, burlap ribbon, black tule

20140921_135303I found the black cat craft paper at Archivers (when it was still open). I just love these vintage looking cat pictures and the card stock is a weight that is perfect for craft projects.  Unfortunately this particular paper is no longer available. I did a quick search on ebay though and found a variety of black cat vintage card stock that would work just as well.


 The first step is to cut a piece of black tissue paper roughly the size of your jar.  It is easiest to set your jar on the paper and roll the paper around it.  It is ok for the paper you cut to be bigger than the jar but not smaller.

Using Mod Podge and your sponge brush completely cover your jar with Mod Podge.  Don’t over do it with the Mod Podge or your paper will tear.

20140920_171358 20140921_135807 20140920_171934Wrap your tissue paper around your jar.  Do this carefully so that your paper will not tear.  It is ok for your paper to look wrinkled but a tear will make for a poor finished look.  If you paper does tear try to position it back in place such that you can no longer see the tear.  Don’t try to patch a tear.  Let your jar dry (I would let it dry for a few hours).

20140921_132629 Add your vintage pictures by applying Mod Podge to the back of the picture and carefully smoothing it out.  The heavier card stock will take some effort to smooth out when applying it to a rounded jar.  I would go over the front of your picture (once its positioned and smoothed out) with a light layer of Mod Podge.  Let the project dry for at least a few hours.

Finally go over your jar (with the exception of the vintage picture with another layer of Mod Podge.  Hold your wet jar over a paper plate and sprinkle it with glitter.  Set upside down and let dry for several hours.

20140921_143422 When your glittered jar is dry you can either leave it very sparkly (but you will always have some glitter flaking off) or you can go back over it with another layer of Mod Podge to secure your glitter but it will not be as sparkly.  For this project, because it was going to remain in my home I left it sparkly.  If I were giving it as a gift I would have gone over the glitter with Mod Podge so I wasn’t giving a messy gift.  close up jars

I embellished the rims of my jars with some burlap ribbon and black tule that were in my scrap baskets but you could use any kind of ribbon you wanted.  I filled my jars with candy and some flowers I had in my supplies.  If you are looking for more Pet Crafts check out my Craft Page.

 Below is a picture of Turnip’s first bath.  Turnip is our foster dog who is as sweet as he is cute.  He is afraid of pretty much everything and this bath was not his idea of a good time but he was a trooper.  Turnip continues to adjust to life in a comfy home with a big family.  He has been working on his leash manners (he is doing great) and is growing more comfortable with us everyday.  He continues to get more rambunctious each day too which can only mean his Hyptoplasmosis is continuing to heal.  This week he has finally started to bark!   Turnip was rescued from his chain of horror in January…no one has heard him bark since he was rescued.  This week he barked and howled in the backyard a couple of times…we clapped and cheered for him.  There really isn’t anything more lovely than watching this dog heal socially and emotionally from the years of abuse and neglect.

IMG-20141007-00724 Taking care of our first foster has been a great experience.  He is reminding us how important the simple things in life are…like the taking the time to appreciate the loved one’s around us who make life so good.  For more about Turnip’s story read his first post.

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Pet Craft: Pet Themed Banners

Pet Craft: Pet Themed Banners

love banner

I recently moved in to a new home in KY.  Our new house has seven fireplaces, two of which are in my art studio.  I decided that I needed some cute pet themed banners to hang over my fireplaces.  I made all three of these with supplies I had laying around my studio.  Here is how I made them:

woof banner upclosegot rescue 2

Supplies: burlap (any color will work), Stiff felt (any color you like), craft paint, mod podge, stencil brushes or sponges, hot glue/gun, ribbon, Archival Stamp pad, paw print stamps, twine

I made my white WOOF banner first. woof banner

The first step is make a pattern shape for your banner.  I make my patterns on my computer (in powerpoint), cut them out and pin them to my banner fabric and cut each one.  Here is a pdf file of the template for this banner : WOOF Banner.  Particularly when you are cutting burlap you are going to want to pin your pattern securely to the burlap. 20140914_160333 Line the top edge of the pattern up with a strand of the burlap when you pin.  Once you cut your burlap piece, iron it and be gentle with it as you work so it will not fray (we will address stopping the fray shortly).

To create my letter stencils I printed out WOOF in the size and font I wanted in Microsoft Word and carefully cut out my letters. 20140914_185532

When I put the stencils down I tape them in place, and use a flat brush or sponge to dab the paint on (I use a minimal amount of paint and dab lightly).  Let the stencil sit for a few minutes to dry.  After I pull the stencil off I touch up the letter with a pointed brush to make it a darker and cleaner paint job.  If you use too much paint or press to hard with the initial stenciling you risk bleeding under the stencil.  I used a large paw print stamp to make my end banners. I stamped the paw prints with archival ink and then went back over the stamped image with paint.

20140916_183805When my banners were dry I flipped them upside down on my craft mat (important to use a craft mat underneath).  I ran my twine across the back and covered the crevice behind the twine with hot glue, folded the burlap over the twine and held it down until the glue was cooled.

20140916_143813 Measure the space between each flag as you glue it to the twine for an even look to your finished project.  Once your glue is cool, trim your folded edges so they look neat and tidy.20140916_184556

To address the fraying of the burlap and make this a lasting project I used Mod Podge.20140916_184819  For this project I used Matte but you could use Gloss if you want.  I set my banner on my craft mat (important to reduce the mess).  20140916_185336  I used a very generous amount of mod podge applied with sponge to each banner and then I hung it to dry over night.  It is only necessary to apply the mod podge to one side with burlap.  The flags of the banner may curl a bit after the mod podge dries.   To reflatten the banners I set them on my ironing board, put a piece of card stock over them (important) and gave them a quick iron.

To finish off this banner I added some paw print bows; I tied them first and then hot glued them on.

love banner 2  My second banner was my love banner.  Here is the template I used to make the pattern: LOVE Banner Template.20140916_160115  The banners are made from stiff felt that I purchased at JoAnne’s, it comes in a variety of tie die color themes.  I just love this pink and orange…so girly!  I did the same process with letter stenciling on these banners.20140917_142134  I used a smaller paw print stamp but followed the same process as the WOOF banner; stamp with archival ink and then paint over it with craft paint.  I added some pink gem stones to the banner and some orange bows to finish it off.

got rescue 2  My last banner is my Got Rescue Banner.  Here are the templates I used to cut the banners: Got Rescue Banner.  The back piece of the banner is made from stiff black felt and the front from brown burlap.20140917_151730  I cut both my banner shapes and then hot glued my burlap to the felt right away (I did each one as I cut) to keep my burlap from fraying.  Before I glued each piece of burlap down I ran an iron over it to make it nice and flat.  I used a paw print stamp and archival stamp pad to make my paw prints (again going over them with paint) 20140917_152327.  To make my “Got Rescue” letters I used some wood letters that I purchased at Walmart and painted them with red glossy craft paint.  20140917_151456.  To make the question mark I flipped an “S” backward and cut part of it off.

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